Ape and Essence Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the narrator characterize the scientists from New Zealand?

2. Bob fears Elaine is cheating on him with which man?

3. What surprises Chief about Dr. Poole's admission that he arrived on a boat?

4. On what date do the explorer-scientists set out from New Zealand?

5. Which scientist is leashed by a female baboon at the beginning of the screenplay?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the Chief concerned about the present mating season?

2. How do Bob Briggs and the narrator initially become interested in "Ape and Essence"?

3. What is Bob Briggs appraisal of Gandhi?

4. Describe the opening of the movie "Ape and Essence."

5. List the allusions/references found in this section of the text.

6. How is Dr. Poole described? What does Dr. Schneeglock think of him?

7. What is the narrator's point about love and fear when describing the crew of the Canterbury?

8. What are the specifics of Bob Briggs' personal troubles at the outset of the novel?

9. Set the scene for the opening of the novel. What is happening? When?

10. Why are the gravediggers robbing graves?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the character of William Tallis and the extent to which he is a surrogate or reflection of Huxley himself. Why is it important that he wrote the Ape and Essence screenplay? What is the significance of his gravestone, and the grave's location?

Essay Topic 2

Ape and Essence is structure with a narrative frame. Explain the nature of this narrative frame and what effect the "story-within-a-story" has on reader comprehension and interpretation of the events.

Essay Topic 3

Much discussion is centered around the discovery of the truth and the nature of knowledge. What kind of theory of truth/knowledge does the novel put forth? How do the Arch Vicar and Dr. Poole differ about the nature of truth and knowledge? What is the consequence for an absence of truth?

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